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March 18, 1897… Now that the town of Lancaster entered a contract for electric lights, the citizens of Midway are clamoring for the same thing. Midway’s streets are about as well lighted as is to be expected from coal oil lamps, but this is not to be compared with electricity, and the cost for a change-over would only add about one-third more.

Gus Macey will soon begin training his string of trotters in Versailles for the season and it might be his best stable yet. Heading his string is Pearl C., 2:06 1/2, followed by Oakland Baron, Margarette, Courier, Hastings, Dick Hubbard, Walnut Lad, Mariner and Fanny Foley.

Acolyte, the famous Onward stallion which Gen. Coxey rode on his march to Washington, was originally sold to Coxey by R.P. Pepper for $5,000, half of which was never paid. The horse was returned to the Pepper estate and sold again for $5,000, but delivery was not taken and the horse was since purchased for $1,000 and again resold to a Pennsylvania man for $3,000. County Attorney W.O. Davis went to Paris and Frankfort Tuesday where he investigated the free turnpike system existing in those counties. Henry Heimiller’s position as postmaster at Versailles will likely be filled by either John W. Berryman or Merritt O’Neal when the new Republican appointment is made.

The 14-year-old son of a farmer living near Nonesuch, nine miles south of Versailles, left home on a morning, leading a dog by a rope and stating that he was going to hang the dog for the crime of sucking eggs. Three hours later his father found the lad hanging by the neck from the same rope he had had around the dog. It is supposed the hanging was accidental.

March 13, 1919… The following were given building permits this week: Henry Clark, to erect a barn on his lot on Turner Street; J.W. Cunningham, to erect a frame building on his lot on Gratz Street and R.W. Lacefield, to erect a lumber shed on his lot on Bruen Street.

Mrs. James Dugger, who had lived on the Hibler farm near town for several years, died suddenly Friday at her home on the J.B. Viley farm. She leaves her husband and a son.

Johnson N. Camden, of Woodford County, was elected president of the Kentucky Jockey Club Monday at Louisville. This organization has charge of all the race tracks in the state. Col. Matt J. Winn was elected general manager, and Sherman Goodpaster was elected secretary-treasurer. Col. Winn will have active charge of all the race tracks in the state.

The seventeen year locust, or Periodical Cicada, is due to appear in this part of Kentucky in 1919. It has emerged from underground every 17 years since at least 1715 and will be expected here in 1936, 1953, 1970, 1987 and 2004. The southern states harbor broods of the 13-year cicada, which is similar in appearance and habits, but is a separate species.

Winfield Mastin arrived in Midway Tuesday having been discharged from the army that day at Camp Taylor.

The Robert Lindsay family moved Wednesday to the farm of J. W. Parrish into what is known as the Withrow house on the Leestown Pike.

John Littrell, who has been with the A.E.F., received his discharge at Camp Taylor on Thursday. Lucien Childers arrived the following night after receiving his discharge.

Mrs. Jesse Wilson and family, who were occupying the cottage on Higgins Street recently purchased by Charles Woodruff, vacated same Tuesday and moved to the Rivers cottage on Stephens Street. The Wash family moved from that cottage to the Alexander farm.

Henry T. Shipp, who for the past 11 years has been on the farm of William Offutt, near Oxford, having bought the Hibler farm near Midway, moved to his new home recently.

Thomas Goodman Jr., 11, son of M/M Thomas Goodman of Paynes Depot, died Thursday of influenza.

Col. E.H. Taylor Jr. sold to W.S. and A.C. Hunter 310 acres on Glenn’s Creek, known as the Jim Henry Gaines farm for $46,500.

E. Allen Davis sold his residence on Broadway in Versailles to John Davis of Mortonsville.

Mrs. Sallie Young, of Troy, and Earl Manley, of Pinckard, were both victims this week of flu.

Sgt. Frank B. Moberly, son of G.T. Moberly of this county, is at home on 30 day’s leave, He was wounded in battle at Ghent, Belgium, that being the fourth battle in which he participated.

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